10 of the greediest apps & games ever, as selected by PhoneArena readers and us

10 of the greediest apps & games ever, as selected by PhoneArena readers and us
A week ago, we asked our eagle-eyed readers about the most disgustingly greedy apps out there that thrive inside Apple and Google's stores. Once again, we didn't end up disappointed in your capacity to deliver the goods and give them a proper critique while you're at it.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of greedy developers and publishers out there that just don't seem to understand monetization beyond "let's make them pay for everything, or suffer endless frustration". Well, this right here is their place to shine. These 10 games and apps contain all the oldest tricks in the book, be it throwing hordes of superior enemies at you to make you pay to catch up, propping up paywalls that won't let you progress past a certain point unless you fork out the dough, or making you pay as much as $500 to complete the entire game at 100%.

Everyone realizes that developers and publishers have to make money. But some have taken the dream of getting rich to a ludicrous extent. See for yourself in the slideshow below. By the way, we added a couple of our own findings too, just so we're even with you guys!

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15 Comments

1. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Add clash of clans to this

2. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Every GLU game deserves the 1st position in this list...

3. dimas

Posts: 3291; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

How come it's not included in the list? Can grinding the game outclass paying players?

6. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

I'm grinding my way towards a good enough base in Clash of Clans (i.e. NEVER paid a dime to the devs;) it's more fun that way. You'll only want to pay up for more gems for better things if you specifically keep participating in "Clan Battles" (your group VS another group,) but if you play alone (like I do,) paying up is completely unnecessary...

4. dimas

Posts: 3291; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Pet society made my mom got mad on my sister. She spent over $200 just to buy her digital jerk pets a shampoo, comb or something like that.

5. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Has Candy Crash really gone that bad? I used to play it and got till level 268 without spending a dime or sending any invitation to friends (in fact I played without connecting to facebook at all)

7. Hatshipuh

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Add every Kabam game to that list, currently experiencing it with Marvel's Contest of Champions. With every update, or even every week they make changes to squeeze more money out of the players.

8. lylee73

Posts: 84; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

Hmm..... maybe most of Gameloft's games didn't show up.. but it's okay: at least much better than CCS! And look! Real Racing 3 is there! I heard it from one of the guy from an unofficial RR3 group on FB the it sucks. I like this game: but sadly progressing needs hell lot of effort- same goes for DT2.

9. Plutonium239

Posts: 1154; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Add Disney's starwars commander to that list. They have completely ruined the game and the only way to get ahead(or back to where you were) now is to pay for extra stuff. They even ruined the balance of the game, they changed the advantage to the side of the rebels and not in a subtle way either.

10. Cyberthing

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

Real racing 3 is so poor, the way they seem to be handling bugs is also unacceptable.

11. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1244; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

It seems like every game makes you pay to actually have fun or wait for everything to be built or upgraded.

12. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I think my recommendation of Super Monster Bros won the greediest app ever!!!

13. MrMalignance

Posts: 191; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

I would add Rage of Bahamut. They had 1 event that was pay for play, then just announced that all other events would be suspended indefinitely except the pay for play event.

14. DannyJr

Posts: 38; Member since: May 08, 2014

I'd add freemium games Marvel Mighty Heroes, PvZ2, and Angry Birds Epic. Marvel Mighty Heroes is particularly nasty. It is slow, you get crap characters, you have a hard time going up the tiers playing against opponents who bought better characters. And once you get to the top tier, Vibranium, you will mostly likely last only a day or two because most others paid their way to the top. And they used to give you 20 energy points to spend for free games. Seeing as too many cheapskates are actually only playing for free, they lowered it to 10 energy points. So now you really have to pay to play. PvZ2 has too many premium plants and upgrades.

15. Cyberthing

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

I disagree that PvZ2 should be added. Yes, there are a bit of premium plants and upgrades, however, the game doesn't 'force' the player in a tight corner to spend their money in order to resume progression. You can still progress through the world's and complete them 100% without spending money. The games that annoy me the most are the ones where you have to pay to achieve and not play to achieve.

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